Introducing my new Carnival wallhanging. A design – handwoven in the passement-technique – that celebrates color. Passement is the art of handweaving decorative ribbons. A lost technique that I have revived, but in an enlarged and modern format. Carnival is a bright and colourful wall art which is woven with luxury yarns as 100% merino wool, 100% silk and combined with paracord. As implied by its name, color is a recurring element in the design of my passementerie series.
Elizabeth Ashdown (based in the UK) is an artist who gives passement courses. So I decided to follow one of her courses. Her course was an eye-opener for me as it is such a versatile weaving structure.
A splash of color
The graphic expression of the handwoven design comes together in the use of colours and yarns which makes this design looks light, airy and is a real eye-catcher. Contrasting yarns and how the design elements are woven ensure a design that is modern, luxurious and full of character.
With its modern and luxurious look, the handcrafted Carnival wallhanging will fit beautifully in your living room, bedroom or dining room.
Carnival is unique and available in a single number.
Format : 69×90 cm Materials : merino wool, silk, paracord and packaging ribbon. Design and woven by : Ilse Philips
Interested to publish this artwork in your magazine, gallery or museum? Mail me
Passementerie comes in different shapes and sizes. Normally, passementerie is small so you can sew it onto dresses, jackets, curtains and upholstery.
One of the most famous passementerie companies is Verrier in Paris. They make the most gorgeous passementerie you can imagine.
Because it’s a very time-consuming craft, it has become endangered.
I am autodidact and I tried learning passementerie by viewing the photos on the internet. But that didn’t get me much further.
I came across Elizabeth’s website and subscribed for her online zoom Passementerie Masterclass. Elizabeth Ashdown MA RCA is an artist based in South East England. She creates contemporary, hand woven artworks using the endangered craft of Passementerie. You should definitely check-out her website and Instagramaccount. It’s a burst of great design and gorgeous colors.
What did I learn ?
Elizabeth starts her course with explaining what passementerie is. How you can give it a personal twist and how to set up your weaving. You can use a frame loom, or as I did, my large 16-shaft Ashford loom.
The sett you use for your warp is very dense. So you don’t see the weft threads for the basic ribbon.
She explains what a picot, scallop and crete is. You weave together with her (and all the other participants) live, your first design. In between you can ask questions and she explains the do’s and don’ts very clearly.
I have woven 2 different designs on a single warp/ribbon.
You can go crazy when you work with different wefts and with 2 warps/ribbons. Is it as complicated as it looks? Well, you certainly need to be very focused on which weft, ribbon, color you will use to make your design look great.
In my left warp/ribbon I used a wider sett then the warp/ribbon on the right. As you can see the right ribbon looks better because there are no ‘gaps’. Ofcourse, gaps can be a design feature if you plan it carefully.
Let’s get crazy
With passementerie you can get as crazy as you like. There are no limits to what you can use. Below are a few examples of try-outs. I made them with recycled household-stuff.
Learn an endangered craft
Bring passementerie back to live. If you like to know more about how to weave it, I can highly recommend Elizabeth’s Masterclass. She’s a fantastic and brilliant weaver, a good teacher and a very nice and helpful person.
Thank you Elizabeth, it was really fun learning passementerie !
A new handwoven wallhanging “Autumn Leaves” for my Botanical Collection. Handwoven in cotton and bamboo. The wallhanging has gradient colours in shades of brown. Hand crochet white leaves in different shapes and sizes accentuate the onset of winter. Made in a limited single number.
De Kunst-Post opdracht is in volle gang en de voorbereiding loopt op rolletjes ! Wijck-Zoetermeer benaderde mij of ik wou meewerken aan het project Kunst-Post. 30 zelfstandig wonende ouderen uit Oosterheem, Seghwaert en Meerzicht ontvangen tweewekelijks een creatieve opdracht aan huis. Verschillende kunstenaars bedenken de opdrachten. Als kunstenaar Toegepast Textiel bij Franx/Terra Artprojects Zoetermeer, heb ik een opdracht bedacht dat de deelnemers prikkelt om anders naar textiel te kijken. Een update volgt zodra de opdracht is uitgedeeld aan de deelnemers.
Ik stel de opdracht samen, werk ze uit en zet ze klaar. Via de (besloten) Facebookgroep Kunst-Post zullen we begeleiding geven aan de deelnemers. De deelnemers ontdekken nieuwe en andere kanten van zichzelf. Samen met de andere kunstenaars hoop ik zo bij te dragen aan minder vereenzaming. Blijven leren en ontwikkelen draagt bij aan een positieve zingeving. Het eindresultaat is 6 kunstwerken per deelnemer en een expositie in de wijk.
Weaving and ceramics go together perfectly. So besides following colleague weavers, I love to be inspired by what other artisanal workers do. Becoming friends with Juliette happened at the right moment. Keramiek Juliette makes gorgeous ceramics. You definitely should check her website. A few months ago, our mutual friend Ronald brought us into contact with each other. We had a lovely inspiring chat and found out that we both would love to try out a collaboration. Neither one of us has done this before, so we had to set a few goals for ourselves. That’s why we decided to make a wallhanging. A double weaving and ceramics. Both handwoven and handformed of course. If you are curious about what we’ve accomplished, just stay in touch and check out our websites to see the final result !
We are so excited that we can’t wait to give a small sneak peek …. In a later post we will share more details and info about our collaboration and the process. More of my weavings can be found here and here. More of Juliette’s ceramics can be found here and here.
Table runner “Jul” in typical Christmas colours red, green, white. …….It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….. Double weaving blocks on 8 shafts. One side has light background, the other side has a darker background. Fully reversible. Material : Cotton Size : 100 x 50 cm Colours : red, green, white Ships in a gift box. Price : 70 euro incl. shipping costs (in EU) Email me if you are interested.
Looking for some special art to give ? You can find it here, here, here and here. If you’re having problems with Christmas decorating, Anna from L’Essenziale has some tips for you.
4000 wefts of krokbragd is what it took me to finally finish my tablerunner in this gorgeous Swedish technique. The table runner is 1 meter long and 27 cm wide (without fringes). More than 4.000 wefts in merino, wool, acryl. A while ago I wove a rug “Lollipop” in the same krokbragd technique. It’s a fun technique, but very very time-consuming ! Monique Hakkennes and Kelly Casanova have good weaving lessons in this technique. Ships in a gift box. Price : 150 euro, incl. shipping (in EU)
“Samen met diverse werken die te zien zijn op haar website, zoals kussens en theedoeken, getuigen ze van vakmanschap en gevoel voor kleur en compositie. Ilse geeft hier duidelijk esthetisch vorm aan functionele voorwerpen. De andere drie aangeboden werken zijn prachtig gemaakt en laten het vakmanschap zien van Ilse. We herkennen in deze werken Ilse’s talent met gevoel voor interieur.”
Vanaf 1 november zal een selectie van mijn weefsels in hun winkel verkocht worden. Bedankt Terra Art, en de toetsingscommissie. Ik kijk uit naar een leuke samenwerking en heb er zin in !
Weaving a vintage moose wall art on my 16-shaft loom was always on my to-do list. I finally decided to spend some time designing this in a 16-shaft summer & winter technique. Eva Stossel has written a nice blog about this summer & winter technique. Summer & winter is a Scandinavian block weaving, woven with 2 shuttles. It’s special because the front and back are inverted. In the old days, plaids woven with this technique were very common in Sweden. During winter they showed one side of the plaid, in summer they showed the other side. So a wallhanging, plaid or table runner made with this technique can be displayed both ways. Because I wanted to have an ‘old Scandinavian’ vintage look, I choose green alpaca for the pattern and unbleached cottolin for the ground cloth. The moose are separated by a ‘green lawn’ in silk yarn.
Rug Lollipop is a limited and exclusive handwoven art rug which was made from left over yarn. Woven in a typical Swedish bound weave technique. More about the creative process can be found here. On my Instagram account you can find more intriguing handwoven art.
From the Metamorphosis Serie : “3D-block”. Handwoven wall hanging made in merino wool. More about the creative process can be found here. On my Instagram account you can find more intriguing handwoven art.
Weaving with strips of old sheets is a good way to re-use old curtains, bedsheets or old table linens.
Rip some old sheets in long ribbons and weave with them. You can leave the ends hanging on both sides as a design feature, or you can weave them in. It’s fun doing, weaving goes very fast en the result is amazing. Turn your old sheets or curtains into a new piece of fabric by weaving with strips. Make place mats, table runners, rugs, potholders or even cushion covers with your old sheets or curtains. I combined bed sheets with grey cotton cord and regular cotton yarn. You have to warp your loom with a slightly wider sett. I threaded my loom for a Monks Belt technique.
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